Thursday, December 26, 2019

Announcing The Hum

"The Hum" - a full-length young-adult magical-realism novel 
will be released at some point in 2021.

The Beatty Ruins - where Roselin discovers the secret behind the Hum

Twenty years before the story begins, brilliant Islander archaeology student Roselin Bell discovers an ancient library in the Beatty Ruins (above) on New Island's northwestern coast. She and two other students find 88 books and 34 scrolls wonderfully preserved in a tomb-like room under an ancient tower.

She is drawn to a certain thin book in the library, that explains, after years of research, the secrets behind the Hum. The Hum is a pleasant, sometimes melodic, sometimes very deep, often healing sound that Islanders have heard ever since their ancestors arrived in 1799. 

Roselin further learns that The Hum is where matter and energy intersect among the tiniest subatomic particles throughout the Universe. Her knowledge of this leads to unfortunate consequences.

In 1964, fifteen-year-old Gordy Broome is in shock over the possible self-inflicted loss of his mother. He passes out in his bed, and suddenly finds himself on a raft, which seems to know where it is going. It takes him from his hometown in Southern California, below South America, then east to the south Indian Ocean. A storm wrecks the raft, and he wakes up, barely alive, on the shore of an unknown island. 

Back then the Russians controlled the Island, and Gordy is immediately captured by a Soviet navy shore patrol, interrogated as a possible spy for the Americans, and put in a holding cell. Two civilian food service workers recognize that he can hear The Hum! They also see Hum energy in his eyes, and realize that Roselin will definitely want to meet him. They have to get him out.

Thus begins the narrative - Gordy learns about Hum energy, about Love, and the people and culture of New Island.

More later...